Tom Chartres likes the attention Mid-South Project Package is getting.
The volunteer hopes it translates into more funding for the non-profit group.
State Rep. Nick Bain presented the organization – which sends out care packages each month to service personnel from the mid-south area who are deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait – with House Resolution No. 22 on Monday as a way to honor the volunteer organization.
“Project Package is a great organization,” said Rep. Bain. “This is the least we can do for those who serve us … we want to honor them and give them the notoriety they deserve.
The resolution goes a long way in getting the word out about Project Package, according to Chartres.
“This is important to us,” he said. “Nick did a great job getting this done … our credibility just went way up.”
The resolution commends Mid-South Project Package for their volunteer work in sending care packages to local mid-mouth service members.
Project Package, a volunteer 501 c 3, organization, aims to send around 600 packages out every month. Cost to mail the boxes is $11 per package.
Since 2004, over 60,000 packages have been delivered to service personnel.
Organizers need $6,000 to send a package to everyone serving from the mid-south.
Items needed for the care packages can be dropped off locally at Cash “N” Dash in Selmer, Tenn., National Guard Armory, Penn Majors State Farm, Farmington City Hall and the Veterans Service Office.
Items on the wish list are baby wipes (unscented), batteries (any size), beef jerky, bug spray/wipes, candy bars, coffee (1 pound or smaller), cookies (individual sizes), deodorant, eye drops, flip flops, foot powder, fruit cups, gum, hand sanitizer, hard candy (individually wrapped), hot chocolate, Little Debbie snacks, lotion, mouth wash (small), nuts (all types), oatmeal cream pies, peanuts, pop tarts, popcorn, pre-sweetened drink packets (individual size), ready-to-eat-meals, slim jims, snack crackers, sunflower seeds, sunscreen, toilet tissue, tooth brushes (with case), tooth paste, trail mix, tuna packets, vienna sausages.
Items collected will be sorted and forwarded to the package processing center in Southaven.
(For more information about MS Project Package, e-mail email@example.com or call Rickey Pope at 662-284-8108, or Tom Chartres at 662-603-4204. Donations can also be sent locally via mail at P.O. Box 856, Corinth, MS 38835.)
By Steve Beavers for the Daily Corinthian